The Pakistan Visa Online system has revolutionized the visa application process, making it more convenient and accessible for both Pakistani citizens and foreign nationals. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the entire process, from creating an account to submitting your application and tracking its status.
Pakistan Visa Categories
Pakistan offers a variety of visas to cater to different travel purposes. Whether you’re planning a short sightseeing trip, a business venture, or an extended stay, there’s a visa that suits your needs.
Traveling to Pakistan? Here’s a quick guide to the different types of visas
- Tourist Visa: Immerse yourself in Pakistan’s rich culture and breathtaking landscapes with a tourist visa, valid for up to 30 days and extendable for another 30. Nationals from 64 countries can apply directly via email.
- Business Visa: Explore business opportunities in Pakistan with a business visa, valid for up to 60 days and extendable for an additional 60. Nationals from 103 countries can apply directly via email.
- Visit Visa: Connect with family or friends in Pakistan with a visit visa, valid for up to 90 days and extendable for another 90. Nationals from 192 countries can apply through the Pakistan Visa Online system.
- Transit Visa: Seamlessly pass through Pakistan on your way to another destination with a transit visa, valid for up to 72 hours and free of charge. Obtain yours upon presentation of your passport and onward travel documents at Pakistani airports.
- Residence Visa: Make Pakistan your home with a residence visa, valid for up to 5 years and renewable indefinitely. Certain eligibility criteria apply, such as having a sponsor, a job offer, or proof of financial means.
- Student Visa: Pursue academic excellence in Pakistan with a student visa, valid for the duration of your studies and extendable upon request. Eligibility requirements include admission to an accredited university, financial means, and a medical certificate.
- Work Visa: Contribute your expertise to Pakistan’s dynamic workforce with a work visa, valid for up to 5 years and renewable indefinitely. To apply, you’ll need a job offer, sponsorship from a Pakistani employer, and a medical certificate.
- Official/Diplomatic Visa: Embark on official or diplomatic missions in Pakistan with an official/diplomatic visa, valid for the duration of your visit and fee-free. Issued to diplomats, government officials, and their families.
- Medical Visa: Receive necessary medical treatment in Pakistan with a medical visa, valid for up to 30 days and extendable upon request. Eligibility criteria include a medical certificate from a Pakistani hospital and a travel itinerary.
Pakistan Visa Application Requirements
The specific requirements for a Pakistan visa depend on the visa category you are applying for. However, there are some general requirements that all applicants must meet, including:
- Complete Set of Supporting Documents: You will need to provide a complete set of supporting documents, which may vary depending on the visa category. These documents may include your passport, visa application form, proof of financial means, and any other relevant documents.
- Photographs: You will need to provide photographs that meet the specified requirements, such as size, format, and resolution.
- Valid Credit Card/Debit Card: You will need a valid credit card or debit card to pay the visa application fee online.
- Visa Validity: All visas are valid for entry into Pakistan for six months from the date of issue. However, if you do not use the visa during this period, it will become invalid.
Nationals from 192 countries can apply for online visas. Additionally, nationals from 64 countries are eligible to apply for a visa electronically under the tourist category. Similarly, nationals from 103 countries are eligible to apply for a visa electronically under the business category. When necessary, all applicants are summoned for an interview at Pakistan Missions Abroad.
|Sr. No.||Name of Country|
|4||Antigua and Barbuda|
|18||Bosnia & Herzegovina|
|29||Central African Republic|
|36||Cote d’ Ivoire (Ivory Coast)|
|67||Holy See (Vatican City)|
|122||Papua New Guinea|
|132||Saint Kitts and Nevis|
|134||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines|
|136||Sao Tome and Principe|
|158||Trinidad & Tobago|
|180||State of Libya|
|182||Congo Democratic Republic|
|186||palestinian territory, occupied|
|187||democratic people republic of korea|
How To Apply For a Visa in Pakistan Online?
- Head to the online portal for the Visa application: You can find the link to the online portal on the website of the Pakistani embassy or consulate in your country.
- Click on the “Apply Now” button: This will take you to the application form.
- Register/log into an existing account: If you are a new user, you will need to register for an account. If you already have an account, you can log in using your email address and password.
- Upload all required data and documents: This will typically include your passport information, travel itinerary, and proof of financial means.
- Complete your application: Review your application carefully and make sure that all information is correct.
- Pay the fee through a Credit Card/Debit Card: You can pay the visa fee using a credit card or debit card.
- Submit your Visa Application: Once you have paid the fee, you can submit your application.
- If the application is approved by the embassy, then the applicant will be provided with two travel documents: These documents are generated via the Pakistan Online Visa System. The applicant can use it to travel to Pakistan.
Visa Grant Notice: This document is the Visa granted against your application.
Electronic Authorization to Travel (ETA): This document is usually emailed to the applicant. It is generated against Visa applications made under the “Visa On Arrival” categories. It is worth mentioning here that ETA is not the visa. It just permits the applicant to travel to Pakistan and seek a Pakistani visa on arrival at the Visa On Arrival Counter of FIA.
Please note that these are just general steps. The specific requirements for each visa category may vary. For more information, please visit the website of the Pakistani embassy or consulate in your country.
Payment Procedure For Visa Application
All applicants can pay the visa fee via a Master Card/Visa card. There is a fee calculator available on the website. You can check the fee structure according to your required category by clicking here.
Visa Processing Time
Typically, visa processing takes two working days if the application is complete and meets the Embassy’s requirements. However, in some cases, processing may take up to seven working days. Notably, Business Visas are issued on the same day of application.
What is Visa In Your Inbox?
Visa In Your Inbox is a streamlined visa application process that allows foreign tourists from select countries to obtain a 30-day visa for tourism or business purposes. The visa is typically issued within two working days and is valid for multiple entries.
Can I apply for multiple visas at the same time?
No, you can only submit one visa application per passport at a time.
Is there a contact support team for the visa process?
Yes, you can contact the visa support team at https://visa.nadra.gov.pk for assistance with the visa application process.
Do I need to provide information about my travel companions during the visa application process?
Yes, you may be asked to provide details about your travel companions for general processing purposes.
What is a “Visa On Arrival”?
A Visa On Arrival is a type of visa that is issued upon arrival in Pakistan at designated immigration counters or Pakistani borders. It is typically intended for short-term stays and may have specific eligibility requirements.